First sexually transmitted Zika case reported in 2017

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The Florida Department of Health announced the first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus but emphasized that no transmission of Zika through mosquitoes took place in the state.

The person who acquired Zika through sex had not traveled outside of Florida, but the partner recently visited Cuba and fell ill with symptoms consistent with the virus. They also mentioned that both individuals were already tested positive for Zika.

Health officials are asking everyone to take precautions if you or your partner have traveled to any location where Zika is active.

Florida state's Health Department said that the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus has been confirmed in the USA state.

Much is still unknown about Zika fever - a relative of dengue, West Nile viruses and yellow fever. "But we're not seeing clinically apparent spread of Zika throughout the continental United States without the presence of the mosquitoes that carry the virus, and our study helps to put into context some of the transmission risk".

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According to CBS News, the case was reported in Pinellas County on Tuesday and there was no evidence mosquitoes are transmitting Zika anywhere in Florida. Pregnant couples with recent travel to areas with active Zika transmission should consider using condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.

Zika can persist in semen over extended periods of time.

In better Tampa Bay health news, Florida's Department of Health issued two licenses for medical marijuana growing in Ruskin.

The majority of the 118 reported cases of Zika infection in Florida during 2017 have been related to travel to infected areas. This year, the first local case in the nation was confirmed in Texas in July. This case study highlights the importance of using condoms during sexual intercourse after visiting a Zika-infected area in addition to using mosquito repellents and barriers.

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